Tool Biography

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Danny grew up in Paola, KS. Relatively normal, an element of mystery was added to Danny's childhood when one day he spied his father with a large sword conducting a Masonic ritual. Danny would later notice himself performing similar movements when he began playing drums at the age of thirteen. As Danny progressed through high school and then college at the University of Missouri in Kansas City he began supplementing his studies in percussion with speculation into the principles of geometry, science, and metaphysics. A commitment to life as an artist brought Danny to LA where he was able to perform as a studio drummer with projects like Carole King and play around town with Pygmy Love Circus. He would later find an outlet for addressing a fuller scope of his potentials in Tool and another project operating under the title of Zaum. Despite not becoming a Mason or aligning himself with any other school of religion, Danny has maintained his heritages interest in occult studies. Endeavors into this realm have manifested periodically, such as the time he achieved insight into a hidden aspect of the unicursal hexagram utilizing an astral journey initiated through meditation and DMT. Danny then set up his drums into proportions utilizing the circle and square of the New Jerusalem and uttered a short prayer relating to the principles of the ace of swords from the book of Thoth. He then performed a ritual utilizing his new found knowledge of the unicursal hexagram to generate a pattern of movement in space relating to Fuller's vector equilibrium model. The resulting rhythm and gateway summoned a daemon he has contained within "the Lodge" that has been delivering short parables similar to passages within the Book of Lies. Danny recommends as a device of protection and containment a thorough study and utilization of the underlying geometry of the Temple of Solomon for anyone purchasing their next record.

Justin began his celebration of life in England where as a child you could often find him playing soccer with his siblings and friends. Sometimes Justin would catch himself mesmerized by the dancing and spinning of the ball sensing the possibilities of worlds within worlds. At the age of eight he began playing guitar and at fourteen started meeting and playing with the friends he would eventually form the band Peach with. Peach released the album"Giving Birth to a Stone" and later appeared as an opening band for Tool on several dates in England. Carrying with him a strange sense of alternate realities, Justin found himself able to access them through music and altered states of consciousness . When Tool needed a bass player in 1995 the journey to America seemed simple compared to the paths he had explored within his own mind. Currently Justin has been practicing entering hypnagogic states facilitated by sonic landscapes and a highly specialized form of tensor yoga. These function as the arc and threads that buoy and retrieve him from the watery matrices and emotional labyrinths he explores. He then utilizes these experiences as a reference point in his riffs and style to induce a holographic depth to Tool's music. Keep your eyes open for the scheduled re-release for Peach's "Giving Birth to a Stone" happening sometime soon.

One reason Maynard was drawn to L.A. in the early 90's was to explore the possibilities of sacred temple architecture and regeneration. Thus it is perhaps easiest to sketch a brief history of Maynard through some of the elements within his living space. The floor has a formation that's round on both sides and hi in the middle that is best measured with the equation DV/D = I (I being incidence); and a pack of gum, mo' happiness, and the apostle. Examining the wall introduces art pieces by Ramiro Rodriquez and themes best grasped through being Jung in Michigan. At the window frame a hairless cat stares intently outside at squawking irish parrots swaying drunkenly. Coast to coast some things never change. In another direction is a calendar of crossed out squares with A Perfect Circle scribed on May 23rd and "NIN tour" written under April 12th.

Adam's journey began in Libertyville, Illinois where, as a child, Adam began skipping Sunday school to read comics books at a nearby store. This rejection of the word of god in favor of the images of the comic microcosm carried over to school where Adam would draw pictures during teacher's lectures and think of music during math class. Adam studied violin as a child, but as Adam grew older he began to move away from the rigidity of a classical music and towards the sonic potentials of guitar playing. While most kids were involved in sports and homework Adam's musical talents and continued interest in comic books and sketching evolved into a desire for integrating and animating his ideas through the medium of film and the manipulation of three dimensional space through sculpture. Despite a film school scholarship offer Adam chose art school where he was able to hone his sculpting and sketching abilities. Still maintaining an interest in films Adam moved to LA and received training in make-up effects. He started a career working for Stan Winston's doing make-up effects and spent a few years working on movies. Maynard and Adam decided to start a band while keeping their day jobs...the rest is history. It has only been through the last nine years, however, that Adam has begun to explore the full potentials of projecting his thoughts and emotions through Tool's songs, videos, and album artwork. Sometimes in this environment, Adam is able to achieve a state of synesthesia where playing guitar invokes visions and images to appear before him and making videos, sketching, or sculpting creates auditory hallucinations of riffs and music. Currently Adam is sculpting a piece for the re-release of the Peach album Giving Birth to a Stone, writing music each day for the next Tool album with Danny and Justin, sketching the images he obtains in these practices, and dealing with the business side of the music industry. One way to perceive the experiences that have led to Adam's state in Tool is as the exploration of contrasting modalities of perception. As the hemispheres of the brain struggle for dominance there is a constant shifting of polarity between the right and left lobes that exists as music vs. number, image vs. word, being vs. doing, and holistic integration vs. linear abstraction.

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just opinion | Reviewer: just a man | 4/22/14

It is my opinion that for more understanding of the music of this brilliant people the principles of Chaos Magick, Hermetic principles and some of the high levels of other magic systems should be considered. I have never listened to other band with such ideas and such carefully constructed songs. Every song reminds me of very elaborate ritual with the sole purpose of unlocking what is within the listener. Considering my own studying of some of the magick systems of different cultures i feel that the songs perfectly fit inside some of the deep ideas presented in said magick systems. I really hope for more albums.

Say what you want.Tool is still the s**t! | Reviewer: NvrtheMachine4evr | 4/20/13

Maynard had enough balls to write a few songs about the sexual abuse he had gone through as a child.Prison sex was one pushit another.It was his therapy..his release.I applaud him and the group to embrace it.

review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/1/11

I think tool serves as a program, a catalyst or a vessel (or a TOOL) to finding identity, releasing aggression, and sparking your own ideas and motivation which I think was the whole point. My interpretation of tool, is a tone thats clever, solemn, holy, ambiguous, metamorphic, tolerant, and aboriginal (in a music sence)that comes across very clearly. I view the members to be very humble people with very good points in every day life. Maynards lyrics are explicit but also realistic. Tool litearlly lifed me out of a nihilistic, pessemistic, amoral and heroin addicted life and opened me to so much more. Tool holds a divinty in the music world that in incomparable. To me, its timeless. The music and poetic lyrics has inspired most of my art, hieghted my spiritual awarness and gave my life intention to live by. I dont believe the amount of agression was necessary but who am i to judge? Maynard obviously had a rough life. Though, i havnt found more professionally produced music. If you havnt learned anything from tool, then you are nieve. If you are searching for a purpose or a reason, then i suggest working the program. haha. Thank you for listening.

Transmitted | Reviewer: Todd | 5/4/11

It seems that thier ability to free thier minds and open up new doorways to the impossible, extremly inspiring. Tool is one band who has thier own complete genre. Its amazing how intelligent these men are and how much loyalty to thier fans they possess. They will not sell out which is what i find most admorable. A very good band and a very good purpose. peace

tool best band ever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/6/11

tools music makes me fly away in my mind. The only band in this world that i believe know how to manipulate the brain and intensify a high like i have been through... I absolutely love their art and music and songs like reflection and third eye yeah awesome... Theyre able to describe things that are nearly impossible to.. The lyrics are food to our souls and open your eyes to what really is reality... Awesome free spirited band and inspirational music. Thanx

Love Tool (I'm not Religious) | Reviewer: Destiny | 3/5/11

I don't believe Tool's music is religious, or spiritual but I love them anyway.
Their sound along with Maynard's voice and lyrics, takes me to a place in my mind I never want to leave. Tool has been the only band to ever do such a thing.
'tis why they are my favorite band.

Bad Ass | Reviewer: THudson | 3/3/11

Tool's music is so complicated with the layering of sounds combined with the ever changing time signatures/tempos that it is nearly impossible to terminate the track while you are tuned to one. The dark content and interpretive lyrics make the music more enticing to the alternative rock/art rock enthusiast. Furthermore Tool is completed by the eratic music videos they produce.

1st Reserved then Inspired | Reviewer: CVO | 3/2/11

I have had a diverse taste in music for many years. The only work of TOOL I was aware of was the song "Sober" on the radio. I would see "computer type geeks" & guys in bands with TOOL T shirts - I did not pay attention & was not inquisetive as to what TOOL was about. My tool (he he) vender at work said he had an extra ticket to a show in Baton Rouge, I said I would go. My seat was 10 rows above the stage on Maynard's side. He was "obscure" at best with a neoprene suit & purple stripes only to be illuminated by black light, standing on a platform next to Danny WTF???? I was saying to myself ! The show was dominated by Justin & Adam up front with rifts & lines that were shaking my soul - Danny's drum set & style were pounding my brain into oblivian. MJK's words & MIND BLOWING grahic's had taken my imagination to a totally NEW level.... TOOL changed my WHOLE outlook on the way I listend to & appreciated the art of music.... then next morning I purchased every CD they had put out ! INCREDIBLE ... May the TOOL band have a long lived & virtuous journey.


Never the same | Reviewer: Nigel | 5/2/10

At 47 Ive listened to hours and hours of music throuhgout my life, music is a comfort for me an escape if you like allways has been and allways will. I was introduced to the bands music a few years ago and it reminded me to pink floyds music but deeper more intense, I agree with others here that say they will be remembered as the best.I Like where their music takes me,Its never the same, Its Nice...

sweet | Reviewer: bert | 3/26/10

i'll admit tool is a very strange band, i have been a huge fan since 97. i once met maynard at a concert. the strange thing was he was walking in the crowd. we talked for a few seconds and he just walked away. at first i didnt realize it was him until minutes later. but thats the way he is. he is very humble. ive been to five concerts and every time i go they just get better and better. TOOL is the best band ever and i always look forward to seeing them again!!!!!!

The Doors of the the last 20 years | Reviewer: Spacescope17 | 3/5/10

Mythical, insane, religious questioners, philosophers and whatever falls in between is covered by these always ever changing men. They seem to truly know how to play forward their ideas and not care what u might think. It may 2 far out there 4 some but they want u 2 dig deep 2 get the meanings. Life is short, make use of it, 4 afterlife is immenent and forever. We don't evolve like other organisms and like Tool does. We don't turn into something else when we die, u have 2 enjoy and discover best things in life like Tool's endless realm.

haha | Reviewer: Cameron | 1/21/10

I hope you guys do realize that this is very VERY satirical and is definitely the style of Tool to write some BS story about how awesome and mythical they are.

"Danny recommends as a device of protection and containment a thorough study and utilization of the underlying geometry of the Temple of Solomon for anyone purchasing their next record."

If you tell me that you think he's being serious, that you actually need to "protect" yourself from their music, you have bigger problems.

tool/altered state circus | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/31/09

Have loved Tool since early nineties when I was in Dead Flowers, about Undertow era, had a couple of albums out at the time Moontan and Altered State Circus, which considering my appreciation of Tools musical prowess,have a strangely similar, how can I put it .. philosophy. No suggesting plagirism, just sort of saying I get them on a creative level aswell. peace

A tool for inspiration | Reviewer: Bob | 2/13/08

For tool the music is a tool not purpose.They use rhythm,tempo and melody to transmit the sense of words and terms.For this reason their works sometimes are like film music;a music that completes the lyric.Tool create an unusual and interesting music for who need inspiration.

Tool | Reviewer: Ben | 2/6/08

i agree with rob, but i like the side of them that makes their music what it is. im not all obsessed with it. i am a huge fan and also a huge admirer of Alex Grey, who has done some artwork for them. i get my inspirations for my artwork from him. and i enjoy drawing with Tool or a Perfect Circle playing on my cde player of computer, just cuz its cool music

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